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No repeat of heroics as Evans goes out

ESPN staff
June 10, 2014
Dan Evans plays a forehand against Kevin Anderson but it was the South African who progressed to the third round © Getty Images

British No.2 Dan Evans could not repeat the heroics of Monday as he was knocked out of the second round at Queen's 2-6 3-6 by South African Kevin Anderson.

Evans, who battled through a knee injury to defeat Jurgen Melzer in the previous round, lasted just over an hour against the seventh seed but was blown away as Anderson served ten aces to set up a third round match with either Sergiy Stakhovsky or Vasek Pospisil.

The Evans serve had been a potent weapon in the first round against Melzer, with the Briton firing down 18 aces, but he managed just two against Anderson as the pressure and blazing sun perhaps got the better of him.

"I didn't really get a chance to play tennis," said Evans. "It couldn't have been a good one to watch, to be honest.

"Today wasn't a nice feeling. There was no continuity on the court, no rhythm, nothing really. It was one of those things. That's his game, but he served a hell of a match."

Evans must now wait to see if he will be awarded a wildcard for Wimbledon later this month. "I haven't got a wildcard yet, but presuming I get one, it could be a good couple of weeks," he said. "I haven't played the main draw for two years, so it would be nice to get a favorable draw, preferably not one like today or Melzer again. To get a few matches in and cause a few upsets would be good."

James Ward suffered the same fate as the Brit went down 7-5 6-3 to fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov, under the watchful eye of the Bulgarian's girlfriend and French Open champion Maria Sharapova.

Second seed Tomas Berdych overcame qualifier James Duckworth 7-3(3) 5-7 6-4 to reach the third round and is joined by Sam Querrey, who beat fellow American Denis Kudla 6-4 6-3 in less than an hour on court.

Earlier, tenth seed Feliciano Lopez needed three sets to overcome Dusan Lajovic in their first round clash.

The Spaniard hit 16 aces as he came through 6-3 6-7(3) 6-1 to book his place in the second round, where he will meet veteran Lleyton Hewitt. Lajovic, who was thrashed a week ago by Rafael Nadal in the French Open fourth round, battled back after losing the first set to take the second but was blown away by the Lopez serve in the third.

2012 champion Marin Cilic was knocked out by Australia's Marinko Matosevic, who raced through two sets to win 6-4 6-4. Ninth-seed Cilic was runner-up last year but crashed out in just an hour and 15 minutes, with Matosevic holding his nerve to make it four Austalians in the second round.

Elsewhere, wildcard Marcos Baghdatis defeated Bradley Klahn 6-7(6) 6-2 6-1, while Dmitry Tursunov overcame Igor Sijsling with a regulation 6-3 6-4 victory. Finland's Jarkko Nieminen however, needed the full distance to get past Benoit Paire 2-6 6-3 7-6(1).

David Goffin went through in straight sets 6-4 6-2 against Dominic Thiem and Canadian youngster Vasek Pospisil was too strong for Paolo Lorenzi, progressing to the second round 6-3 3-6 6-3.

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